UNCASVILLE, Conn. (May 13, 2015) – The Connecticut Sun announced today it has traded exclusive negotiating rights to Asjha Jones to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.
The 34-year-old Jones has not played for the Sun since the 2012 season, when she averaged 12.2 points and 7.1 rebounds in just 20 games. After a strong start, Jones missed 14 regular season games with a strained Achilles tendon. She returned to average 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in the playoffs. Her last outing in a Sun uniform was Game 3 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals, when she had 10 points in an 87-71 loss to the Indiana Fever on October 11th.
Citing nagging injuries, the 6-foot-2 Jones announced she would sit out the 2013 season shortly before the start of training camp. Injuries also forced Jones to sit out 2014.
“This was a trade that made sense for us,” Connecticut Sun Vice President and General Manager Chris Sienko said. “Asjha did not want to return to Connecticut so we found what we believe is the best available deal, especially as we continue to add and develop young talent.”
Acquired from the Washington Mystics in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, Jones played nine seasons for Connecticut. She appeared in 271 games, collecting 3,336 points and 1,447 rebounds with 1,398 made field goals. She ranks second in team history in each of those categories.